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History - International Baccalaureate *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

This course is intended to enable students to understand the contemporary world through the history of countries across the globe, thus promoting international awareness and the understanding of other cultures. For example, the study of Mao Zedong requires the understanding of a civilisation which contrasts greatly with that found in the West. Through the vehicle of History, students will learn how to write precise, relevant, carefully-focused argument. One of the most interesting and stimulating aspects of the twentieth century course is the thematic and comparative approach which is required when, for example, combining the study of dictators, namely Castro and Mao, from different regions of the world, or contrasting the impact of China and Germany on the Cold War.  Students will come to understand that History at this level is controversial. The Cold War, one of our main themes, has been viewed in a variety of ways since 1945, and our understanding has been re-shaped as more evidence has become available since the opening up of the soviet archives. Conversely, our knowledge of the People’s Republic of China is limited by a shortage of reliable, easily understood sources. The controversy surrounding the origins of the Palestinian refugee problem is unusually heated. The valuable skill of interpreting evidence will be further developed, and is specifically tested in the final examination.

Both Higher and Standard Level students take a course on the twentieth century:

• The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1945-79
• The rise and rule of single party states in Cuba and the People’s Republic of China
• The Cold War, 1945-91, and its aftermath

Assessment of the HL/SL core is through a one hour source paper and an essay paper (two 45 minute answers). There is also an internal assessment essay of 2000 words, which enables students to deepen their understanding of an aspect of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Higher Level History, assessed through three 45-minute essays, requires the study of additional subject matter, namely the fascinating story of the development of the United States and the Americas in the twentieth century focusing on three topics chosen from a) The Great Depression, b) the Second World War, c) Civil Rights, d) the Cold War and e) post-war developments within the USA and Latin American countries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brentwood School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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